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Guest Post: Adventures in Cloth to Disposable Diapers
Starting off my new guest post series on Infant Diapering is Erin (@Jmomma07) from Emommyhood.com. Erin shares her adventures in using cloth diapers and her decision to switch to disposable diapers. Here is her adventure in her own words:
When my second son was about 8 months old I began clothdiapering. We are a family of four on one income and the budgetis very tight. I was struggling a lot with trying to staywithin my grocery budget every week, so I was looking to see where Icould cut things and try to save money. Honestly there is notmuch to cut, so I thought that eliminating the cost of disposablediapers would help. Also…I don’t get out much and I really reallydo love my cable and didn’t want to give it up. It is my formof entertainment and the one thing that could be cut. Plus, Nogginand Nick Jr are pretty popular with my kids..especially on a daywhere I’m sick or need to finish cooking dinner.
It took some convincing to get my husband on board because it is achunk of change to get started. They are really not cheap, butyou have to look at what you will be saving in the long run. Ialso thought about how I could cloth diaper my next child from dayone, and by the time that child is potty trained, I will have savedbig..really big. So, we made the splurge and bought thediapers. I really liked it at first, they were the cutestthings and he looked adorable in them. My 3yr old who is pottytrained also wore them to bed. The extra laundry and occasionalscraping poo off a diaper really didn’t bother me and the grocerybudget had some more wiggle room.
Then, my little guy started getting horrible rashes and thediapers began to leak and repel. So, I cranked up the hotwater heater and stripped the diapers with Dawn dish soap. I rinsed about 5 times until I didn’t see bubbles anymore. Ifigured this would take care of it. Not too long after that Irealized that the prescription diaper rash cream that I was using wasalso causing a build up. So, when he needed cream, I made sureto use a disposable liner. I stripped the diapers again. I was using regular cloth detergent after doing some research on theInternet trying to figure out what detergents were cloth diaperfriendly. Free and Clear detergents are not cloth friendly andthose seem to be the only kinds of detergent that will notcause my son to get an awful rash. I don’t use dryer sheetswith the cloth diapers, but I do with my regular laundry and theresidue in the dryer was also causing a build up in my diapers. I started getting pretty frustrated with the constant leaking andchanging sheets every morning.
One morning not too long ago, my 3yr old’s diaper had leaked allover his bed sheets and when I picked up my 1yr old my hip got allwet because his diaper had leaked so much. My toilet then gotclogged after I dumped the “contents” of my 1yr old’sdiaper in it and tried to flush it. It was 6am, I had alreadystripped a crib and a toddler bed of sheets full of urine, I wasplunging a toilet, my shirt had pee on it, and my kids were whiningat me for breakfast. I noticed the pile of regular laundrysitting in the kitchen being neglected because my washer was onceagain occupied by cloth diapers that I was trying to strip and Isnapped !!! I’d had enough.
I’m going back to disposables. Do I feel bad about it ?Yes. Am I probably going to get into an argument with myhusband about this ? Yes. Am I going to feel some guilt when I buy apackage of disposable diapers ? Probably. I feel bad about it,and my intentions were good when I began doing this, but it hasbecome too much. I don’t want to make things more difficultfinancially, but adding unnecessary work and frustration to my daywith my children is not going to be good for any of us. I triedit and it is just not for me. I need to try and simplify alittle and stop thinking that just because I’m not working outsidethe home, I don’t deserve for anything to be easy. Am I tryingto justify my decision ? Yes. To be honest, I really havea lot of respect for all you cloth diapering mommas out there ! It isnot the easiest or most convenient thing to do and a lot of you makeit work ! However right now for me, I believe I’m putting my sanityfirst.